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Pawlenty stops state money from going to ACORN

File this in the no surprise department: Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s office announced that the governor wants to make sure no state money is headed ACORN’s way. In a letter to Tom Hanson, the state’s management and budget commissioner, Pawlenty expressed “great concern’’ over reports of “questionable behavior’’ of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN).

Firing at ACORN is not exactly high-risk politics. On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate voted, 83-7, to cut off federal funds to the organization, which long has been the target of many conservatives but now is everybody’s target since some of its employees were caught on video offering unsavory advice.

In the letter to Hanson, the governor wrote: “By this letter I am directing you to stop all state funding to ACORN unless the state is legally obligated to provide such funding. In addition, I am directing you to conduct a thorough review of the state’s relationship with this organization and report to me with your findings.’’

ACORN, a community based organization that was originally established to advocate for low and moderate income families on such issues as housing and wages, has been around since 1970.

Comments (7)

  1. Submitted by Joe Johnson on 09/16/2009 - 03:55 pm.

    Mark Richie here we come.

  2. Submitted by dan buechler on 09/16/2009 - 05:09 pm.

    I could be mistaken but the state has not dispersed money to acorn since the 1990’s, talk about political grandstanding. If this is so some prominent organization should call him out on it. I am not counting on the STRIB.

  3. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 09/16/2009 - 08:02 pm.

    First there was Van Jones, now ACORN.

    Michele Bachmann: 2

    Her stalking leftist droogs: 0

  4. Submitted by Richard Schulze on 09/16/2009 - 10:09 pm.

    And give the dog a bone. Something for the seven percenter’s to chew on for a while.

  5. Submitted by carly torino on 09/17/2009 - 06:49 am.

    Pawlenty is just another Bush. Shooting from the hip and not checking facts. ACORN does not receive funding from Minnesota. There is a related post at

  6. Submitted by Terry Hayes on 09/17/2009 - 08:16 am.

    Post #5 contains the most important element of this pathetic story.

    Pawlenty/Palin 2012!

  7. Submitted by William Pappas on 09/18/2009 - 09:18 pm.

    Interestingly there are no existing contracts with ACORN and it has been several years since a dime was spent on any out sourcing to ACORN. But it does make excellent right wing theater. Marty Seifert said he was “nauseated” that ACORN might get a penny of government money.
    In reality ACORN is an invaluable advocate for low-income people. Republicans have always counted on poor voter representation by low-income citizens and are continuously active in suppressing that vote and work tirelessly to erect voting barriers targeting that demographic. That’s what voter ID is all about. I’m personally tired of our State Republican leaders complete lack of empathy with low income earners. Not only do they actively support policies that make it harder for the poor to succeed, they demonize organizations which are providing services for them.

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